02/19/2013 9:30 PM ET
Proctor vying for a spot in Giants' bullpen
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scott Proctor admitted that he should have handled his recovery from Tommy John surgery in a different manner.
Proctor, 36, ranked among the top setup relievers in the Major Leagues in 2006-07, making 83 appearances each season for the Yankees and, in the second half of '07, the Dodgers. But arm problems and the eventual surgery in May 2009, have forced him to take a circuitous route to try to return to the Majors. Since the start of '08, he has compiled a 6.59 ERA in 86 outings for the Dodgers and Braves, made 60 appearances in the Minors and spent 2012 pitching professionally in Korea.
"I'm stubborn and impatient and I know more than trainers. Apparently that's what I thought, which I found wasn't true," Proctor said Tuesday. "They kept telling me 14-16 months [recovery time], and I kept telling them two to three. I tried to meet them in the middle, and it didn't work out."
Formerly known as a power pitcher, Proctor was asked if he regained his velocity in Korea.
"Velocity's second to me," he said. "The biggest thing is executing pitches consistently."
The Giants have one job opening in their bullpen -- two if an incumbent reliever falters or if they begin the season with 13 pitchers -- and Proctor is a legitimate candidate for that spot. However, he faces competition from fellow Major League veterans Chad Gaudin and Ramon Ramirez, among others.
"It's out of my control. That doesn't even enter the equation. My thing is coming in here and doing my job," Proctor said. "They make the decisions. That's not what I'm paid to do."
Lopez struck by batted ball, bruises pitching hand
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Javier Lopez and the Giants survived a scare Tuesday, when the left-hander sustained a bruise as he was struck on the back of his pitching hand by a short-hop batted ball.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that X-rays of Lopez's hand revealed no fracture.
The ball ricocheted and hit him in the chin, but that's not an issue as much as the hand," Bochy said. "We'll see how he is tomorrow."
Lopez is on Puerto Rico's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic but has said that he'll stay in camp if he doesn't feel ready to compete.
Runzler impresses throwing batting practice
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dan Runzler's name rarely is mentioned in speculation involving candidates for what could be the sole vacancy in the Giants' bullpen.
Perhaps that's a mistake.
Runzler looked sharp while throwing batting practice Tuesday, showing no ill effects from the strained left lat muscle which hampered him during much of last year.
Manager Bruce Bochy, who was watching activity on another diamond when Runzler pitched, said pitching coach Dave Righetti told him that the left-hander "looked like he was pitching, not throwing." That has been an issue for Runzler, who has issued 167 walks in 297 1/3 professional innings.
The Giants already have a solid left-handed bullpen contingent with Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez and Jose Mijares. Asked if San Francisco could possibly open the season with four lefty relievers, Bochy replied, "You can't rule it out."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.